You might not be aware of it, but some scientists claim that there is a food shortage on it way. In fact, there is a food shortage going on right now.

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It's not too surprising to hear that parts of South and Southeast Asia, as well as parts of Africa, are currently suffering from food shortages.

Niger, Mali, Chad, Mauritania, Senegal and Yemen are just some of the places with ongoing, disastrous food crises.

But how about the Americas? In Venezuela sugar, oil, milk and rice are just some of the goods that were hard to find in 2013.

Venezuela is no stranger to food shortage. They suffered one in 2008 too, and the current one has lasted for almost a year.

Looking north, what about the world's leading economy?

The definition of “food insecurity” is not knowing when and where you might be able to find your next meal.

In 2013, 33.1 million adults and 15.9 million children in the USA were living under these insecure food conditions.

As for Europe?

In Spain, the economic crisis of 2012 led to a massive looting of grocery stores to feed the hungry. In Greece, people have been trampled to death in the scuffle for food.

In developed countries, food insecurity ties in closely with unemployment and poverty, but it also relates to food availability and rising prices due to decreasing access to food sources.

One bad year can sometimes be all it takes to decrease availability. A bad maize year, as in 2012, affects the prices not only on maize.

It also affects the cost of seemingly unrelated foods such as meat and dairy, since most conventionally farmed animals are to a large extent corn-fed.

But what can you do to get by in a food crisis?


Much of the information that you will find for survivalists on surviving a food crisis will focus on prepping.

You are familiar with how prepping works, and prepping to deal with a food crisis does not differ much from prepping for any other disaster.

The main difference is that a food crisis may last longer. You must adapt your preps to deal with this, for example by moving into foods with very long shelf-life.

One way of making your preps last longer in a food crisis is to prepare for bartering.

Store items either beyond what you might need, or that are high-value goods in a disaster: everything from dry snacks like fruit and nuts to alcohol and over-the-counter medications.

This excess can be used in a crisis by either selling or trading it for the kinds of fresh foods and supplies that you would like to have.

Some survivalists go as far as to buy gold and silver, or high-value gemstones, which they can sell when inflation and food prices go up.


But food crises can last a long time, and there is no telling whether you could possibly prep for the entire duration of an extended shortage or post-apocalyptic scenario.

Certainly, some food crises only last for a few months. Others, though, come with a long economic decline that will affect your ability to feed your family for years.

War is another one of these situations when a food crises may affect the masses.

Lately, developed countries have had the luxury of going to war without anyone at home even noticing, but you only have to look back less than a century to WWII for a time when feeding a family was tough!

Start your own victory garden. Self-sufficiency, or near self-sufficiency with some trading, is the smartest way to get through a long-term food crisis.

If you are not ready to start and manage a garden today, there are special seeds for sale that will last for decades without losing their viability.

These can then be stored to be brought out when a food crisis passes a certain point where your stockpiles may not see you through.

But even if you are not going to manage a garden today, you need to know how to propagate plants, keep pests away and collect seed.

These are not things you can put off until the day is here when you must dig into your seed packets!

In addition to growing your own food, you should learn how to store it. You will need the supplies for canning, or at least plans to build a solar dryer.


Last, but certainly not least, we have the unpleasant matter of self-defense.

It's sad to say, but history as well as current news stories show all too clearly that our fellow humans will both panic and act violently in the face of hunger.

It is not enough to have the preps to survive or a victory garden to feed you. You must be able to protect your food source; otherwise, you may as well not have prepped one at all.

How to do this is up to you. You might have secured buildings, weapons, guard dogs, fences, moats or traps, but you will need to invest in a system that works for your site and situation.

You should also invest in defense skills to fight off foes.

Introduction – Store Food Long-Term

Most food that you buy in the grocery store is only packaged to last a few months up to a year. The only exception to this is canned goods, which can last for years if the seal isn’t broken. Check how short the life expectancy is by looking at the expiration date on the package. Food manufacturers and processors don’t bother with the added expense of packaging it for long-term storage because most people don’t keep food around for very long. However, that doesn’t apply to survivalists, who may store their food stockpile for years.

This means that preppers need to repackage most foods they buy. With proper storage, those foods will last for much longer—as many as 20 years. That proper packaging will keep out insects, rodents, microorganisms, oxygen and moisture, keeping the food tasting fresh while retaining its nutritional value.

The Details

  • Gather Supplies. In addition to the food you are going to store, you’re going to need to have the right sorts of containers and other supplies. This includes:
    • Five-gallon food grade buckets
    • Six-gallon aluminized Mylar bags
    • Oxygen absorbers


You can probably buy the buckets locally at a home improvement center, but you will most likely have to order the Mylar bags and oxygen absorbers online.

  • Gather Equipment. You will need a vacuum cleaner with a hose and either a hair straightener or a clothes iron to seal the Mylar bags. It is also helpful to have a rubber mallet to close the buckets with, although this isn’t absolutely necessary.
  • Pack Food. You’ll want to fit the most possible food in your buckets in order to save the most money on your storage. Put the Mylar bags in the buckets, and fill them to about an inch from the top with dry food. Most people only put one type of food in each bucket, although it is possible to mix foods that you’ll prepare together. Stay organized by using multiple bags within the bucket.
  • Create a Seal. In order for the food to keep for a long time, the bucket needs to be totally sealed so that oxygen can’t get to it. The Mylar bags are excellent for this because they melt together when heat is applied, forming an air-tight seal. With a hot clothes iron or hair straightener, melt the top two inches of the bags together, leaving a two-inch gap at the end unsealed.
  • Remove Oxygen. This is the most critical step in the process. Add an oxygen absorber to the bag. For flour, sugar, dry milk and other baking essentials, you’ll need a 750 cc oxygen absorber for each bucket. For beans, pasta and whole grains, you’ll need a 1,000 cc oxygen absorber for each bucket. These work quickly to absorb oxygen so you’ll want to move fast at this point. Once you put the oxygen absorber in the bucket, suck out as much air as possible with the hose of a vacuum.
  • Seal the Bag. Now that the oxygen has been taken care of, it’s time to seal the bag. This is done the same way that the seal was started: with a hot clothing or hair iron. Be sure to hold the bag closed while sealing it so more air can’t sneak in. Work quickly so that the oxygen absorber doesn’t get used up on the air in the room rather than in the bucket.
  • Close the Bucket. The sealed bag will keep the food fresh, but won’t protect it from rodents. Fold the flap down and put it inside the bucket, and then secure the lid on top. You can pound the lid down around the edges with a rubber mallet or just use your hands to force it down tight.
  • Mark the Contents. Don’t forget to mark the bucket with what’s inside. If you have more than one type of foodstuffs stored together, put the quantity of each. Don’t count on your memory as it can fail, particularly when storing items for several years.
  • Store Food. All your food stocks should be kept in a cool, dry place. While moisture can’t get inside the bucket and bag combination, you still don’t want mold and mildew growing on the outside of the bucket. Heat can cause the food to lose its nutritional value more quickly, and a cool location helps keep it fresh.

The Bottom Line

Most foodstuffs stored in this manner should stay fresh and usable for 20 years or more. While the bag by itself isn’t able to keep rodents out, the bucket can. However, even though five-gallon buckets are waterproof, they aren’t as airtight as the Mylar bags. By using the two together, you ensure optimal protection for your food.

The real key to this system is the oxygen absorbers. Not only do they protect the food from oxidation, but no insects can survive without oxygen inside your food. So, even if there are insect eggs in the food, the insects won’t survive inside the bucket. Nor can bacteria survive without oxygen. With this method, your food will be as fresh and usable when you open it as it was when you packed it away.

Hopefully you've never had to take part in one, but you've likely witnessed a drunken brawl outside a bar between two males of a special breed that, when inebriated, decide to start fights with random people. It happens every weekend in every city and town. Usually, these types of fights end up outside and use aptly named street fighting techniques.

The drunker the fighters they get, the less likely they are to deliver and land effective blows against their opponent. But street fighting is its own breed of martial art, often a blend of several established fighting styles from around the world. Knowing how to apply certain street fighting techniques and ideals could not only save your life outside of your neighborhood bar, but also in a post-disaster world.

Though we've mentioned in previous newsletters that fights should be avoided at all costs, getting out of harm's way isn't always an option. No one likes to fight, and anyone that tells you they do is probably full of it. Even professional boxers and MMA fighters like to keep it in the ring, and most avoid street fights at all costs. That's because anything can happen at a street fight, especially when survival is on the line. If you're up against an opponent in a post-disaster wasteland, you're liable to use all the moves and tactics at your disposal to gain the upper hand.

Street fighting often gets dirty. Your opponent's moves are unpredictable, and getting hit is painful and dangerous. There are several simple street fighting “rules” (keep in mind there aren't really any rules) that you can apply in a fight that could be especially useful during a disaster situation.

1. Keep Your Distance

This is the single most important tenant of any self-defense situation, especially a street fight. This is also an incredibly simple concept to grasp, instinctual even, seeing as most people tend to have pretty good situational awareness and can identify a
suspicious person with potentially dangerous intentions. Others can't, but that's easily remedied. If you're approached by someone and can't tell their intentions, simply put your arms out in front of you. If you can touch his hands (or body), you're too close and should back away until you're out of range.

This is a very smart and nonthreatening move that will show your attacker that you don't intend to fight. It won't always stop an unruly opponent, but it is far less likely to provoke aggressive behavior and/or an attack. Also try staying on your opponents “outside,” or periphery, rather than directly in front of him. This way you can use your opponent's own body as an obstacle against him.

Should you be faced with an attack, keeping distance between you and your opponent will give you more time to react and (possibly) flee. Even just a few feet of space is enough space to see a hit coming and react with the appropriate block or countermove.

2. Establish Your Balance to Stay on Your Feet

Balance is another crucial component to nearly any form of martial art or self-defense. Many fights are determined by crushing blows to the head while on the ground, so you must do your best to stay on your feet. Proper balance means spreading your feet shoulder-width apart and bending your knees slightly, keeping a loose posture.

Keep this stance up during a fight, and do everything in your power to restore your balance should you be pushed, hit or knocked down. Your ultimate goal is to stay off the ground, which can be incredibly dangerous to the untrained fighter.

If your opponent has a weapon or back-up of any kind, you'll be even more vulnerable when stuck to the floor. Keep your arms up and remain nonthreatening as long as possible, but take up a fighting stance with your arms up to cover your face when an attack is unavoidable.

3. Know When (and How) to Run

You may find yourself outmatched or outnumbered, or you may just be an exceptionally non-confrontational person and wish to avoid fights at all costs. Either case, you should attempt to make your escape as quickly as possible before your opponent has a chance to close the distance and attack. In a post-disaster world, there may not be many well-lit public areas with helpful bystanders to come to your aid.

You may just have to run as fast and far away as possible until you find safety or return to your shelter. If you try to escape in the middle of fight, try to hinder your opponent's ability to continue his attack as much as possible. Do this by creating obstacles as you run: knocking over a trashcan, going through the woods, running through traffic (if there is any).

The narrower the path, the less space your opponents have to pursue and attack. Use parked cars, stairwells, and hallways to your advantage; just make sure you have an exit. Unfortunately, running isn't always an option. You may take one look at your opponent and know that you won't be able to outrun him – don't even try. In the event there is more than one attacker, there will be more legs to chase and catch up with you.

Ideally though, you'll be able to walk away from the fight before it happens or find a strategic time to make your getaway. If you end up in a fight, make your escape as soon as you've incapacitated your target. To apply the concepts above, just think about the way you face confrontations in your everyday life.

The degree of calmness and awareness at which you go about your daily routine will likely be reflected upon the way you face a street fight. Don't be the type of person that charges head-on into a conflict with arms flailing. Instead, have keen awareness of your surroundings and approach post-disaster scenarios with caution. You may ask yourself why no real physical fighting techniques have been mentioned. Why?

If you end up in a street fight, you probably didn't do everything in your power to avoid being there. Violence should always be a last resort, even after SHTF. There are plenty of things that can go wrong in a fight, but avoiding one in the first place is always the right move. However, if you do find yourself in a fight, then you'll need to know how to defend yourself adequately.

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By now you should be getting a very good idea of what it
means to prep.

You have learned about what happens to food availability
in a crisis. You have learned how to plan your disaster
supplies and how to amass them.

You have learned about the dangers you are preparing
yourself against, and the reasons why there might be a
food crisis coming your way.

You have considered in detail what it means to prep when
you have a family, and how to engage your children so that
they grow up well-equipped to deal with life's sometimes
harsh realities.

It is time that we look at one situation we're likely to
face at one point in our lives: food shortage in
a disaster. What will happen when you're surviving on
your stockpiles while others go hungry?

* Your food storage makes you a target

Having enough food to feed your family is great. There are
some disasters when it is nothing but an asset.

If you lose your income, for example, your food storage
will keep you fed, your stocked medicine cabinet will keep
you healthy, and your additional heat sources will take
you through the winter cheaply.

But what about in a wider more high-impact emergency?

When the supermarket shelves go bare and the larger
community starts to go hungry, your food preps are going
to keep you fed, but they are also going to make you a

Once the looting starts, it is only a matter of time
before the unscrupulous, or simply the starving, come
knocking on your door in a less than friendly manner.

… if they have a way of knowing about your food supply,
that is.

Keeping your preps out of plain sight is a good idea. Some
preppers opt out of ever talking about their preps to
neighbors and co-workers. They simply don't want the word
to spread.

Once disaster strikes, stay off your neighbors' radar. If
you seem to have it too good, people are going to start
to speculate, and your survival may depend on not standing

You also much consider what you would do if someone tried
to take your food supplies from you.

* There are tough choices ahead

I am convinced that one of the main reasons that people do
not stay with prepping is because there are just too many
difficult choices. It's downright unpleasant to think

Having the means to survive available to you affords you
some choice, unlike those who have to take any opportunity
they can find.

But the smartest choices will not be the ones that make
you happy or make you popular.

You will have to explain to your children why their best
friend, who is struggling with the rest of the community,
can't come over to where it's safe and warm, where no one
is hungry.

You will have to turn Uncle Jim and Aunt Sally away at the
door, even though you have enough food to feed a small
village, simply because you know that it has to last.

You will have to live with those choices if the people you
turned away fare ill, but you will also have to live with
those choices if they do just fine.

Imagine how Uncle Jim and Aunt Sally will feel if you
turned them away because you expected months of hardship,
but the disaster was over in a matter of weeks.

You let them go hungry, even though you had enough food in
your home to last you through several of these disasters,
and Uncle Jim and Aunt Sally, who aren't preppers, are
unlikely to see the situation your way.

* You can only do so much

Perhaps the tide instead moves the other way, and the
disaster carries on. Maybe what started as a small
economic slump, the loss of your job, turns out to be a
long national depression.

Then, you are faced with a much greater problem.

The truth of the matter is that while you can prep for
most eventualities, at the end of the day there is only so
much prepping you can do.

Beyond a certain point, most foods wont last – certainly
not enough that you can cover all of your family's
nutritional needs.

Not to mention that beyond a certain point your pocketbook
is going to empty out. Eventually, whether in a month or a
year, you'll reach a point when there is no money or space
for more preps.

This is the point by which you have to be self-sufficient.
Not all preppers will aim for being prepared for this long
a stretch, but if you want to go on indefinitely, grow
your own food!

Store seeds, treated for a long shelf-life, or you may
choose to start your own kitchen garden so that you can
increase production steadily while living off your food

The choice is, as always, yours. But if you are preparing
for a major disaster, after which the world or at least
the economy may need rebuilding, it's a good idea to look
into survival gardening.

Some food for thought, I hope! Next time, we'll start a
short series on energy, includding how to keep the lights
on at your house in a disaster.